In the midst of sad news throughout the travel and tourism sector, apparently, there is still positive news that gives little optimism to the travel and tourism industry in Indonesia, Citilink will connect Indonesia to Frankfurt.
Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia will operate the first European service to Frankfurt, Germany, beginning on 2 June 2020. According to an article made on the CH-Aviation aviation site, the airline headquartered in Jakarta will also begin to operate the first route to Japan.
Airbus A330neos will be used for new routes
Operating the Airbus A330-900 plane, the flights between Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) will fly four days a week.
Operating as flight number QG598, the aircraft will leave Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) at 20:20 and will arrive at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) at 21:15.
After receiving more passengers, the aircraft will depart from Jakarta at 21:15 and arrive at Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) at 08:15+ 1.
The return leg operating as Citilink Indonesia flight number QG599 will depart from Frankfurt at 15:15 and arrive at Jakarta at 09:35 + 1. The aircraft would then travel to Bali, departing Jakarta at 11:05, landing in Bali at 14:00.
There will be daily flights to Japan
Flights between Jakarta and Narita International Airport (NRT) will begin once a day on 2 May 2020.
Citilink flight number QG580 departs from Jakarta at 06:15 and arrives in Tokyo at 15:25.
The return leg operating as flight number QG581 will leave Tokyo at 17:25, landing in Jakarta at 23:20.
The low-cost Garuda Indonesia division agreed to migrate to the European market after the parent company Garuda Indonesia chose to focus on its flights to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) owing to its historical ties.
Citilink had served Jeddah in Saudi Arabia with weekly flights and two routes to Australia from Denpasar to Melbourne and Perth before embarking on its new flights from Frankfurt and Tokyo. Citilink also plans to begin flying on Australia’s Gold Coast from Jakarta to Coolangatta Airport (OOL) beginning next month.
While the routes to Australia are relatively short, allowing Citilink to operate its A320neos, Europe and Japan would require that the airline use the A330-900neos, its only wide-body aircraft.
Citilink was established in 2001 as a spin-off from Garuda Indonesia, a national flag carrier, and was supposed to be a low-cost airline operating domestic flights within Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia agreed to let the airline go its own way with an innovative new livery and branding, with promising development and new aircraft coming online by 2011.
Citilink got the WOW Airs A330neo
Today Citilink runs an impressive fleet of seven ATR 42/72s, 41 Airbus A320-200s, 10 Airbus A320neos, and a single Boeing 737-500 and, of course, the two new A330-900neos it plans to position on the routes to Frankfurt and Tokyo.
After low-cost Icelandic airline, WOW Air went bust in March 2019, Citilink managed to acquire the two Airbus A330neos.
In December of last year, one of the two new wide-bodies was delivered to Citilink, and the second was delivered in January.
Following the business model of Citilinks, the Indonesian airline has decided to retain the seating configuration of WOW Airs with 42 seats in the luxury economy and 323 seats in the regular economy.
At present, Citilink Indonesia has offered discounts of up to 50% on domestic flight tickets. The discount is granted for flights to 10 tourist destinations as determined by the Ministry of Transportation, namely the Denpasar, Batam, Jogja, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Malang, Manado, Silangit, Tanjung Pandan and Tanjung Pinang routes.
So, we are only hoping that Indonesian tourism will flourish again after the massive spread of coronaviruses. Indonesia’s travel destinations are bouncing back, and business is returning to normal.